Love and Servanthood: Lessons from the Edge of Eternity

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The writing of my next book, Edge of Eternity, has taught me a great deal about the character of God which I believe is at the heart of why Satan rebelled; thoughhe was externally very similar to God (his appearance) he refused to demonstrate love through laying down his rights, and becoming a servant to others.

The following summary is woven into a story in the final product. Please pray for the publication of the book, its being made into a movie, and financial support along the way. Thanks!

 

All the things God made and gave to his sons were very good! (Gen 1:31). He was so powerful that there was nothing he could not do yet despite all of his limitless power, his glorious appearance, and his knowledge of all things, he was not able to inherently impart the one quality that stood out from the rest which was his compassion, his affection, his love. (I John 4:8; Exod 34:6-7; Ps 86:5; Ps 86:15; 2 Cor 13:11; Eph 2:4) The quality of love had to be reciprocal for it to be real and it had to also be gratuitous and uncompelled.

Thus even though he could easily give anything and everything to the angels and Adam, if they were to reciprocate, then they had to be afforded the opportunity to reject not only his gifts, but even the fellowship with him. This is why God created them with the capacity of self-determination; that is, the potential to choose something that God he did not delight in (Isa 45:7, 66:4) would never choose evil.[i] (Isa 66:4) He afforded them a chance to be like him through choosing something pleasing to him or something displeasing to him. (Isa 45:7) Only if the chance for rejection were real, could the opportunity for love be real.

Yet, if they could truly express love as he did, (which required serving and giving), then there could be an authentic, worthwhile and meaningful relationship between God and his creatures. Unlike human kings throughout our history that have lorded their authority and power over others demanding submission and obedience, (Matt 20:25-28) God, has not forced anyone because love simply never demands its own way. (1Cor 13:5) It is this quality, that Satan rejected.

God stated that whoever desired to be first among his peers, needed to be the slave – something that God proved he himself was willing to do. He proved it by washing the feet of others (John 13:14-15) and for the rebellious sons of Adam, he emptied himself, making himself of no reputation and gave his life-force in exchange for many. (Matt 20:25-28; John 3:16; Rom 5:8; Phil 2:7)

Thus the angels including Satan, whom God had created greater in strength than Adam, were free to choose[ii] their own path by conforming themselves to God’s great characteristic of love They could choose to cherish like he did by humbling themselves through serving Adam who was weaker than themselves or they could choose pride and self-exaltation. In either case, exercising a choice proved that they were like their creator, something he desired. (Gen 3:22) However, only an alignment with his will and rejecting the choice he did not desire evil could they enjoy pleasures at his right hand forever (Ps 16:11).

Through the life of Adam, the angels were also provided an opportunity to show love by serving someone lesser and weaker than themselves. Their role was to be helpers to those who were at the point of inheriting salvation. (Heb 1:14) Adam and Eve had need of taking of the tree of life (Gen 3:22) in order to live forever. Once they had taken of tree of life then they would be as strong as the angels (Luke 20:35-36) and yet greater because they were created body and soul and infused with God’s Spirit. (Mat 10:28; Gen 2:7; John 20:22)

Thus, the angels’ role was to watch over them (Dan 4:17) and guide and serve them in that endeavor or in any way needed. (Ps 91:11, 103:20; Dan 6:22; Mat 4:11) God had provided everything for Adam to make a choice that he might cherish in return and he afforded the angels with the opportunity to show love by serving one who was both weaker and younger than themselves and thus fulfill God’s fundamental, deep-seated character and constitution that there is no greater happiness than to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35) All of his sons could now be truly like him and a worthwhile relationship could develop between an almighty, all knowing, all powerful King and his finite sons made in his image.


[i] Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology defines evil in the following manner: “what is right was what was ordained by God, and what is wrong was what was proscribed by him, deviation from this paradigm constitutes what is ra.” Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology (1996): Ra. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (TWOT) notes the noun “ra, evil” is defined as “being that condition or action which in his (God’s) sight is unacceptable (Jer 52:2; Mal 2:17; cf. Neh 9:28),” (TWOT רָ֔ע ra).

[ii] For ‘Adam the choice would come through the agent of eating or refusing a certain fruit on a tree.

In All Their Affliction He Was Afflicted

In all their affliction He was afflicted, ​And the Angel of His Presence saved them; ​In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; ​And He bore them and carried them ​All the days of old. (Isaiah 63:9)

It is an incredible thought to consider that God was afflicted when His people Israel were afflicted – just as God was intimately involved in the affairs of His people Israel, so too is He intimately involved in our lives. When we, His children are afflicted, He also is afflicted! When you are beaten down by the world look up for there is a great King who loves you, who has redeemed you and will carry when all your days!

Pastor Doug

Knowing the Creator

Knowing the Creator

Perhaps you have seen from reading posts on my site that there is no need to compromise the Bible with the theory of evolution. I think that even Darwin would be happy that the two are no longer confused in your mind! Let me now encourage you that God’s Word, the Bible, is accurate, true, and trustworthy in all that it says. If you are already a Christian, then be encouraged that God loves you, and He rejoices in your resolve to believe His Word to the fullest. He has many wonderful promises in store for you that are written in the pages of the Bible.

If you have come to the conclusion that God’s Word is faithful and accurate in all that it says but are not a Christian, then I would like to invite you to enter into a relationship with the God who created everything. God is awesome and mighty – just imagine how He made everything in only six days! Nevertheless, even more amazing is that He paid for our sins in less than one day! Jesus paid the price that our original parents, Adam and Eve, brought upon the world through their disobedience. But He also paid for your and my personal sin. Put your trust in Him now and receive a new life. You can trust the word that He speaks to you:

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again […] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:14-21, emphasis mine)

Jesus Himself also invites you to believe in Him: “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?’” (John 11:25-26).

If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, as the Scriptures clearly say, then you can have eternal life. I invite you to receive His gift of life to you and then to rest in the promise that you are a new creation and will live forever with Christ. If you would like pray or to speak with me one on one, please don’t hesitate to write or call!